YOUNG ARTIST FORUM 2021

YOUNG ARTIST FORUM 2021

What is it like to be an emerging artist in today’s arts industry? Asking this question often feels like a shout into the void, but from the 8-11 of April the Young Artist Forum shouts back.

 

Across four days, young artists will have the opportunity to hear tips, tricks and advice from industry professionals with diverse creative backgrounds. These talks, panels, workshops and events will not only provide practical and hands-on knowledge, but also give you the chance to connect with other passionate young creatives.

This exciting weekend will also feature three fresh creative developments and a visual art installation from emerging artists. So, no matter your creative discipline, you are invited to turn up and tune in for this unique peek behind the curtain.

 

ALL EVENTS FREE – REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL FOR TALKS & CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

OPENING EVENT + TALKS + WORKSHOPS

OPENING EVENT

8 APR | OPENING EVENT
Join us for the official opening, featuring a Welcome to Country with Derek Oram Sandy, a creative development showing by NDRNCE, a very special panel and live music.

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TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

8 APR | TALK
Join award-winning composer and academic Dr Eve Klein in a discussion on pushing the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art.

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BEHIND THE ART

9 APR | TALK
Find out more about the artworks and installations featured in the Young Artist Forum from the emerging curator and artists themselves.

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CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

10 APR | WORKSHOP
Discover the importance of process over product, as professional artists to discuss their processes for workflow and productivity.

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DIGITAL PRESENCE

10 APR | WORKSHOP
It’s time to build yourself an audience! In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to build a brand, develop content and utilise social media.

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TAKING CARE OF YOU

11 APR | WORKSHOP
How do you maintain balance when your work meets your passion? It’s time to find out how to juggle self-care with productivity.

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CREATIVE PATHWAYS

11 APR | TALK
Who’s behind the curtain? Meet the arts workers whose careers run parallel with artists, and discover the alternative career paths within the sector.

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ART + ACTIVISM

11 APR | PANEL
Our art defines us. Hear from the artists who are using their work as a platform to uplift the voices and stories.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT SHOWINGS

TANGERINE HOUR

8 + 10 APR | CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Witness this contemporary, physical performance grounded in suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble NDRNCE.

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SLUDGE BANK

9 + 10 APR | CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
A snarky slime-creature is lurking in the pipes of a newly erected development called Riverbank Towers. It won’t stop until it has consumed every cavoodle in sight.

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VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Bella Deary examines the integral shared biology of humans and animals through these magnified latex cells as they reclaim the New Benner Theatre.

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NON SENSE

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
This dual channel installation asks the audience to question the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us.

read more

TRANSLITERATION

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Technology isn’t always perfect, especially when it comes to auto-generated text, but Paean Sarkar is putting Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function to the test.

read more

ENGKANTO

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Using sculptural costumes influenced by ball culture, Rhanjell Villanueva explores the intersection of Filipino diaspora and queer culture against the backdrop of a colonised Australia.

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JOURNEY OF THE SELF

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Nimue Dreaming embraces a contemporary Indigenous style to paint her personal journey of self-discovery.

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BORN UNDER A TREE

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Through traditional markings and a strong weave connecting clay trunks, Kyra Mancktelow represents the reclamation of identity and the resilience of cultural connections

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OPENING EVENT

OPENING EVENT

OPENING EVENT

Presented by Metro Arts

Join us for the official opening of the Young Artist Forum, featuring a Welcome to Country with Derek Oram Sandy, our first creative development showing by NDRNCE, a sneak peak at QMFs latest project and live music.

6:30 – 7pm | Opening and Welcome to Country
With Derek Oram Sandy

7 – 8pm | Tangerine Hour | Creative Development 
By NDRNCE

8 – 8:45pm | Technology Meets Art | Talk
Featuring Dr Eve Klein, Artistic Director of Textile Audio & a performance by Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz

TANGERINE HOUR  by NDRNCE 

Suburbia is set alight and bathed in grapefruit. A town burns in silence, sun slinks into retreat.

Two women lay their bodies beneath a lamppost, taking advantage of fleeting light to spill their hearts to one another, willingly accepting of the pain, gain, love and acceptance true honesty has to offer. Here, they find themselves in the Tangerine Hour. The softest and most powerful time of day, transformation is bound to take place as long as they commit themselves to honesty.

When fear overcomes truth, Mothman finds herself caught in the Tangerine Hour, unable to free herself from the flickering lamplight. Unaware of her trap, she flies in an infinite loop of denial, fixation and warped memories while trying to navigate by the wrong moon. TANGERINE HOUR is a contemporary, physical performance grounded in soft light and suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble, NDRNCE.

 

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

Featuring Dr Eve Klein, Artistic Director of Textile Audio & a performance by Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz

Join award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic Dr Eve Klein in a discussion on pushing the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art. Be the first to hear about City Symphony, a large-scale immersive art music experience created by QMF in collaboration with Textile Audio that is set to transform the Brisbane CBD from May 2021. Afterwards, Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz take to the stage to debut their new music which will be featured in this exciting new work.

DATES

6.30pm, Thu 8 Apr

VENUE

Factory Lane + New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hrs 15 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

TANGERINE HOUR

TANGERINE HOUR

TANGERINE HOUR

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT //  By NDRNCE

Presented by Metro Arts

Witness this contemporary, physical performance grounded in suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble, NDRNCE.

Suburbia is set alight and bathed in grapefruit. A town burns in silence, sun slinks into retreat.

Two women lay their bodies beneath a lamppost, taking advantage of fleeting light to spill their hearts to one another, willingly accepting of the pain, gain, love and acceptance true honesty has to offer. Here, they find themselves in the Tangerine Hour. The softest and most powerful time of day, transformation is bound to take place as long as they commit themselves to honesty.

When fear overcomes truth, Mothman finds herself caught in the Tangerine Hour, unable to free herself from the flickering lamplight. Unaware of her trap, she flies in an infinite loop of denial, fixation and warped memories while trying to navigate by the wrong moon. Tangerine Hour is a contemporary, physical performance grounded in soft light and suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble, NDRNCE.

DATES

SHOWING 1:
7pm, Thu 8 Apr

SHOWING 2:
12pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

Factory Lane + New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, and references to self harm.

THE ARTISTS

NDRNCE

NDRNCE is ceremony, sweat, ritual and endurance.

Born from a reverence for mundanity and unearthing of our bodies’ limits, NDRNCE present stories of transformation, failure, reluctant intimacy and willing sacrifice. Our performances are highly physical; merging complex choreographic scores with verbatim and poetic texts to embody the power of often overlooked experiences.

CREATIVES

Director / Performer Gina Tay Limpus

Devisor / Performer Martelle Simon Green

Devisor / Performer Lauren Story

Devisor / Performer Nicole Amaya

Devisor / Performer Heidi Harrison

Devisor Rose Nguyen

Performer Emma Langfield

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

TALK //  Presented by Metro Arts and Queensland Music Festival

Featuring Dr Eve Klein, Artistic Director of Textile Audio and a performance by Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz

Join award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic Dr Eve Klein in a discussion on pushing the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art. Be the first to hear about City Symphony, a large-scale immersive art music experience created by QMF in collaboration with Textile Audio that is set to transform the Brisbane CBD from May 2021. Afterwards, Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz take to the stage to debut their new music which will be featured in this exciting new work.

 

Do you want the chance to be a part of City Symphony? Contribute your stories of Brisbane throughout the festival with the Queensland Music Festival team.

DATES

8pm, Thu 8 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

45 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Bella Deary

Presented by Metro Arts 

Enlarged animal cells take over Metro Arts! Bella Deary examines the integral shared biology of humans and animals through these magnified latex cells.

Organic Algorithm investigates biological commonalities amongst all animals by examining an intrinsic and fundamental component of any living body, the animal cell. This is achieved through the creation of a series of pink latex sculptures of these enlarged cells. Such magnification of the cell prompts viewers to re-imagine and re-define the body’s relationship to the natural environment.

These sculptures are attached to the banister of the New Benner Theatre in a formation mimicking the growth of parasitic barnacles. The implication of organic life overtaking an industrial space advocates for a future whereby natural life becomes more prominent than human constructions. This ultimately places a critical eye on our response as a society to climate change, and encourages the audience to focus on what connects us to our environment rather than what sets us apart.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

BELLA DEARY

Bella Deary is an emerging Meanjin Visual Artist whose practice gathers influence from biological and ecological science, and climate activism to promote the equality of humans with the natural environment. Deary often uses latex as a key material to construct installations which resemble the organic qualities of the human body.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BEHIND THE ART

BEHIND THE ART

BEHIND THE ART

TALK //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring the Emerging Artists and Emerging Curator

Find out more about the artworks featured in the installation from the emerging curator and artists themselves. Discussing themes both individually and as a whole, gain valuable insight into these young artists’ practices, and the themes they are invested in engaging with as the next generation of creatives.

DATES

5.30pm, Fri 9 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

INSIDE ARIS AND COLLECTIVES

INSIDE ARIS AND COLLECTIVES

INSIDE ARIS & COLLECTIVES

PANEL //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Next Door ARI, The Walls, Habiti Collective & Imaginary Theatre. Facilitated by Amy-Clare McCarthy.

Join us as we break down the mystery of what it means to be part of an artist run initiative (ARI) or collective. Featuring a mix of experienced and emerging ARIs and Collectives, find out how they are operating to deliver outstanding work in the community.

DATES

7pm, Fri 9 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes.

THE PANEL

Amelia McLeish / Nextdoor ARI 
Amelia McLeish is a contemporary visual and sound artist practicing primarily in Meanjin (Brisbane). Her practice utilises participation, sound and humour to critique the arts institutions and develop artist-based communities. She has exhibited with the IMA, Boxcopy and The Walls, and completed a studio residency with OuterSpace. Amelia is currently studying a Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology, where she is researching Artist-Run Initiatives and contemporary Australian art in the 21st century through an institutional critique-based artistic practice. She is a founding co-director of Nextdoor ARI and is also an ARI organiser at Wreckers Artspace.

Rebecca Ross / The Walls Art Space
Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Rebecca’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Rebecca has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Rebecca has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership Award (2020).

Lily Daoud / Habibti Collective
Habibti Collective is an emerging collective which brings together creatives from different parts of the Arab diaspora in Australia. The collective aims to generate creative connections as well between artists around Brisbane who identify as part of this community. We also aim to generate new work which explores the experiences and stories of Arab diaspora in Australia, Brisbane. Our focus is exploring; what it means to move here, grow up here, but have roots somewhere else.

Thom Browning / Imaginary Theatre
Thom is a Brisbane based arist specialising in the creation of theatre, installation and arts learning experiences for children and their communities. His experience spans performance, installation, music, and creative technology, whilst working as a director, producer, facilitator, curator, sound and video designer, and DJ. Thom is the Artistic Director of Imaginary Theatre. His work for Imaginary is regarded as amongst the most innovative sites of practice in Australian theatre for young audiences and has been seen nationally and internationally by over 180,000 people. Thom is an Associate Director with Punchdrunk Enrichment (UK), and has directed the Australian production of Punchdrunk’s ‘The Lost Lending Library’ for Festival 2018 Gold Coast, and Brisbane Festival 2020. In 2015 Thom directed the performance installation World Images for acclaimed Danish company Theatre Workshop Madam Bach which was presented in 30 venues in Denmark, Italy, France, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Lithuania and Greenland.

Amy-Clare McCarthy / Milani Gallery
Amy-Clare McCarthy is a curator based in Brisbane. She is currently Gallery Manager at Milani Gallery; as part of this role she curates the program for CARPARK, a project space under the building. Previously she was the Curator (Exhibition Program) at Metro Arts, and served as the inaugural chair of the board of Outer Space ARI. She is one half of McCarthy-Swann Projects, a curatorial collaboration with Kieran Swann.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Lewis Treston, Nathan Sibthorpe & Jody Rallah

Where do ideas come from? What is “inspiration”? How do we go from paper to presentable?

Join this discussion with professional artists to learn about their experiences with workflow and productivity. When turning an idea into a work, discover the importance of process over product.

 

DATES

10am, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes.

THE ARTISTS

Lewis Treston 
Lewis Treston is a playwright, screenwriter and an artist in residence LaBoite. Full length plays include: IRL (in development with LaBoite) Hubris & Humiliation (in development with STC), Meat Eaters (NIDA, developed by STC), Hot Tub (rehearsed readings at STC and LaBoite), Follow Me Home (ATYP) and Reagan Kelly (NIDA, Metro Arts, Lion and Unicorn Theatre). Short plays include: Condo Osaka and 1800-Real-Talk (Periscope Productions), Ghost Hunter (White Rabbit Theatre) and The Arcade (ATYP). Screenplays include: Elvistown (in development with Screen Queensland), Blood and Tinsel (Essential Media) and Fireworks (Sunday Pictures).  He is a graduate from QUT and NIDA and is currently a research student at UQ investigating camp humour.

Nathan Sibthorpe 
Nathan Sibthorpe is an award-winning contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer based in Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he is the director of Counterpilot – the collective of techno-troublemakers responsible for interactive transmedia performance works like Crunch Time (2018) and Truthmachine (2019). Nathan was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland from 2013-16; an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012; and the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company from 2016-18. Nathan has been nominated for eight Matilda Awards, receiving the award for Best AV Design in 2017 (Blue Bones) and the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work in 2018 (Crunch Time). In 2011 he received a Green Room Groundling Award and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Dr Don Batchelor Award for Drama Research at QUT. Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and a Masters Degree in contemporary performance.

Jody Rallah
Jody Rallah is a descendant of the Biri Gubba, Yuggera and Warangu peoples. Rallah is an Indigenous Australian artist who works across, object making, sculptural installation, painting, sound and performance to create knowledge vesselsas embodiments of living histories. She explores how haptic processes of making can be used to create conversations spanning between generations. Connecting community throughout the generations and opening dialogues of cultural exchange to celebrate cultural wealth and enquire how materiality and experience can affect relationships between peoples, place and space and time.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

NON SENSE

NON SENSE

NON SENSE

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Nicholas Tossmann

Presented by Metro Arts 

Do you ever feel like you’re talking in circles with your own inner voice? This dual channel installation questions the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us.

This dual channel installation utilises opposing screens to create a disjointed conversation between two videos of Nicholas Tossman. Both screens present a still close-up shot of the artist repeating a word at random intervals, with one depicting the artist saying ‘Non’ and the other ‘Sense’. By dividing the word, ‘nonsense’ into two separate terms a conflict within the word and figures becomes present.

Here ‘Non’ is being used to express the negation or lack of something, while ‘sense’ refers to the coherence of how we understand and perceive input. In stark opposition to each other these words create further nonsense as they overlap and align at random.

Through this argumentative monologue, Tossmann asks the audience to question the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us, forcing us to confront our own internal conflict and either accept or reject this chaos. 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

NICHOLAS TOSSMANN

Nicholas Tossmann’s practice investigates how art and practice can be a means of purpose. As extension Tossmann explores ideas surrounding existentialism in a spiraling method, focusing on reflecting on the processes of being an artist. This self-reflexive method of working utilises: text, mapping, performance, audio, video and installation. Tossmann’s work aims to create a more conscious and introspective experience of art.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

DIGITAL PRESENCE

DIGITAL PRESENCE

DIGITAL PRESENCE

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Aruga, Rachael Sarra & Wanida Serce

It’s time to build yourself an audience!

In the creative industries, great marketing can help you go a long way – but, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start.

Join us for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to build a strong personal brand, including the basic ins and outs of social media and content creation.

The workshop will be hosted by Katie Moon, Lead Creative at Aruga, who’ll be joined by Indigenous artist and designer Rachel Sarra and performer and creator Wanida Serce.

 

DATES

2.30pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hrs 30 mins

THE ARTISTS / PANEL

Katie Moon / Aruga
Igniting that spark between audience and brand is at the heart of Aruga – creatively-grounded PR that grabs attention like a box of glazed donuts. Since launching with Taco Bell as its foundation client in June 2017, Aruga has established itself as one of Australia’s most dynamic communications agencies, cultivating an enviable client portfolio of more than 120 big-name brands, local legends and small challenger brands. We’ve dressed zucchinis in bikinis, fought off a zombie apocalypse, wrapped t-shirts like burritos, travelled with drag queens, danced with human disco balls, and signed more death waivers than we care to think about.

Rachael Sarra / Artist

Rachael Sarra is an artist and designer whose work is an extension of her being and experiences. As a contemporary Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling to educate and share Aboriginal culture and it’s evolution. Rachaels work often challenges and explores the themes of societies perception of what Aboriginal art and identity is.

Wanida Serce / Founder + Director of Pink Matter
Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. Professionally workinf for the last 10 years, Wanida has become an industry leader in the dance scene by educating, hosting events, performing, continually pushing boundaries through movement and action. She’s also founded Pink Matter, an independent company aimed at creating opportunities and highlighting powerful women in the community. Wanida is passionate about diversifying the dance sector and breaking down barriers and stereotypes. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation in the community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MUSIC AND MOTION: PATTERNS IN THE SOIL

MUSIC AND MOTION: PATTERNS IN THE SOIL

MUSIC AND MOTION: PATTERNS IN THE SOIL

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT //  By Tess King

Presented by Metro Arts

Come and experience music that is more than live, it’s alive. Surround sound and reactive visuals breathe music to life in this immersive experience.

What is alive in the world around you? Would you be surprised at how much people miss every day? Organicism is the idea that everything, when seen as a whole, is alive. A systemic kaleidoscope that reflects itself over and over yet reveals different aspects with every angle. It is cyclical in this way, much like ourselves. We experience cycles as individuals and societies, making our memories and their ever-changing contexts a fluid, living thing.

Music and Motion: Patterns in the Soil places you in the centre of a flowing audio-visual landscape. As if you were travelling through it, or it through you, the landscape morphs around different reflections of organicism. Perhaps it is a solo cellist, a bird on the precipice of flight, or a surge of electricity as a computer starts. These pieces of life feedback and reflect variations of themselves, creating morphing spirals of patterns.

 

DATES

OPEN STUDIO SESSION 1:
11:30am – 2:30pm, Sat 10 Apr

OPEN STUDIO SESSION 2:
5 – 7pm, Sat 10 Apr

Please note, registrations are not required for these sessions.

VENUE

Factory Lane + New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

TESS KING

Tess is a recent graduate of Griffith conservatorium’s Bachelor of Music Technology. Throughout her degree, she has pushed performance as a form through digital means and inventive implementation of philosophical ideas. Her recent interest has been on immersive forms of performance through surround sound techniques and live audio-reactive visuals.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

SLUDGE BANK

SLUDGE BANK

SLUDGE BANK

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT //  By Chance Collective

Presented by Metro Arts

This camp comedy brings horror genres to meet real-life climate disaster fears in a hyper-stylised performance experience. 

A snarky slime-creature is lurking in the pipes of a newly erected Meanjin (Brisbane) development called Riverbank Towers. This inner-city, upper-class apartment building is rapidly filling with the mysterious, sentient slime that won’t stop until it has consumed every cavoodle in sight. It is up to the residents to put aside their body-corporate bureaucracy, paleo vs vegan diet debates, and Instagram activism to save themselves and everyone else in the face of global disaster.

Featuring an original song by feminist, indie-pop band Bad Sext, Sludge Bank is Chance Collective’s stickiest show yet.

 

DATES

SHOWING 1:
8:30pm, Fri 9 Apr

SHOWING 2:
7pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, depictions of violence, depictions of death or dying, and references to sex.

THE ARTISTS

CHANCE COLLECTIVE

We are chaos conjuring, body celebrating, fearless and love-filled storytellers. An emerging Meanjin (Brisbane) based ensemble, Chance Collective create theatrical experiences under the ethos of innovation, accessibility, and sustainable practice. Working with multidisciplinary forms, Chance Collective blends body, space, and audience experience to create contemporary camp performance.

CREATIVES

Siobhan Gibbs

Victoria Barlow

Olivia Brand

Amelia Walker

Sho Eba

Aurora Liddle-Christie

Honor Webster-Mannison

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts and the Young Artist Forum is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Young Artist Forum has received financial support from Andrew Cory.

Special thanks to Backbone Youth Arts for their support of the development of Sludge Bank.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

TRANSLITERATION

TRANSLITERATION

TRANSLITERATION

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Paean Sarkar

Presented by Metro Arts 

Technology isn’t always perfect, especially when it comes to auto-generated text, but Paean Sarkar is putting Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function to the test.

Transliteration is a series of nonsensical ‘lyrics videos’ that accompany Paean Sarkar’s song renditions of several celebrated works by Bengali poet, writer and composer Rabindranath Tagore. The lyrics are produced by speaking the original Bengali lyrics into Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function set to ‘English (Australia)’. The resulting text is a nonsensical stream of random english words that brings neither clarity or meaning to Tagore’s lyrics.

This incomprehensible translation explores Sarkar’s relationship to language, specifically Bengali (her mother tongue) and English (her current dominant speaking language) as a 2nd generation immigrant. Tagore is crucial to this work, due to both his influence globally and within the Bengali lexicon. His work, juxtaposed by the process of the Transliteration series, comically exaggerates the dissonance that can occur in the exchange between two languages. This artwork does not intend to disrespect Tagore, but instead hopes to start a critical dialogue around the cultural disconnect of being a bi-lingual Australian.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

PAEAN SARKAR

Paean is an emerging multimedia artist, working in a minimalistic style to illustrate abstract concepts. Her works in the past have explored themes of identity, space, and the relationship between viewer and art object. Paean’s practice is rapidly evolving as she moves through her visual art studies at QUT.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ENGKANTO

ENGKANTO

ENGKANTO

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Rhanjell Villanueva

Presented by Metro Arts 

Using sculptural costumes influenced by ball culture, Rhanjell Villanueva explores the intersection of Filipino diaspora and queer culture against the backdrop of a colonised Australia.

Titled after the Filipino spirits it draws inspiration from, Engkanto explores the intersectional identities of the Filipino diaspora within the context of the settler society of Australia.

The re-imagination of pre-existing mythologies and the transformation of futuristic folklores in this body of work evoke a sense of empowerment to those individuals whose voices come from a place of oppression and displacement. It is imbued with a genuine benevolence to disrupt the Eurocentric lens of photography, putting forth what may exist within those voices that are often silenced, the identities that are often misunderstood and underrepresented in our society.

The microcosms of Filipino identities reveal stories of reclamation, resilience, and perseverance while concurrently defining what it means to be a person of colour working and surviving in the Australian landscape.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

RHANJELL VILLANUEVA

Rhanjell Villanueva is a Meanjin-based emerging artist, whose artistic practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. Traversing the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling postcolonial patterns and cultural conflict, his works aim to decolonise and demonstrate the metaphysics of Filipino-futurism.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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TAKING CARE OF YOU

TAKING CARE OF YOU

TAKING CARE OF YOU

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

How do you maintain balance when your work meets your passion?

It’s time to find out how to juggle self-care with productivity. Promote healthy work practices and know where to turn to find positive solutions to help artists and arts workers navigate the industry with confidence and integrity.

 

DATES

1pm, Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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CREATIVE PATHWAYS

CREATIVE PATHWAYS

CREATIVE PATHWAYS

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Aidan Rowlingson, Courtney Coombs, Oliver Samson & Joseph Simons

Who’s behind the curtain? Meet the arts workers whose careers run parallel with artists, and discover the alternative career paths that are available to you within the sector. Learn how we come together to make art happen! Gain invaluable insight into the unique journeys of real artists and arts workers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, who’ve gone through many steps to land where they are today.

DATES

2.30pm, Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

THE ARTISTS

Aidan Rowlingson
Butchulla man Aidan Rowlingson is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and producer based on Jagera and Turrabal country in so-called Brisbane who interprets the world around him through acting, writing, visual art, and directing. Aidan creates and produces LGBTQIA+ First Nation performances and creative developments. Speaking to the many diverse voices within these proud communities. Through this work he has worked at a number of projects including The Lublys as part of the Queensland Performing Arts Centers Clancestry Festival and Sovereign-Tea as part of Digi Youth Arts Fri-Yayy online series. Growing up in regional Queensland Aidan learnt the importance of proud representation and the effect that art can have on a community in its connection to culture. Through his artistic practice he serves his community, taking and creating space for LGBTQI+ First Nation art that platforms our voice in our way.

Courtney Coombs
Courtney Coombs has dedicated themselves to working across several cultural sectors, including independent arts organisations, higher education, and community cultural development. Courtney is strongly committed to enriching partnerships between culture and community – promoting academic and artistic excellence and social equity through their work as an artist, academic, educator, artist, project manager, and advocate. Courtney was awarded a PhD in creative practice research in 2015 and has been the recipient of several competitive grants and awards.

Oliver Samson
Oli is a multi-genre producer, performer and voice artist. He has experienced success as a performer locally, nationally, and internationally with credits including Underground Opera’s West End To Broadway, The Harry Potter Frog Choir at Universal Studios Japan, and as a member of The Ten Tenors. Locally, Oli has starred in many new Australian works including Don’t Call Me Ishmael, Becoming Bill and Hallmarked! As a producer, Oli’s work spans both independent and public sectors. He worked on Out of the Box Children’s Festival 2018 and Queensland Music Festival 2019. In the independent sector, he has produced William Hinz’s Genesis at Metro Arts in 2019, which was recently published by Australian Plays; and co-produced the Australian Premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist, which starred Kate Wilson and Michael Mandalios, and was directed by Caroline Dunphy. Oli is committed to developing and expanding opportunities for intersectional theatremakers in Brisbane and Australia.

Joseph Simons
Joseph Simons is a director and choreographer working in musical theatre, contemporary dance, ballet, opera and physical theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director of Altitude Theatre. Since winning Outstanding Emerging Artist at the Australian Dance Awards, Simons has toured extensively throughout USA, Australia, UK and Asia performing as a soloist for West Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Opera Australia, Force Majuere, Australian Dance Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre and The Production Company. Joseph was the recipient of the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, sending him to Germany for residencies at Ufer Studios Berlin and the International Choreographic Laboratory in Frankfurt. His solo works First Things First and 100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale have both toured internationally. Most recently, Simons directed and choreographed The Producers at Brisbane Powerhouse.

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JOURNEY OF THE SELF

JOURNEY OF THE SELF

JOURNEY OF THE SELF

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Nimue Dreaming

Presented by Metro Arts 

Nimue Dreaming embraces a contemporary Indigenous style to paint her personal journey of self-discovery.

Journey of the Self  by Nimue Dreaming (also known as Kyah Nimue) is a three part acrylic work painted on wooden boards that explores Kyah’s journey of self-discovery in a contemporary indigenous style.

The smallest work is a representation of herself, a series of three connected circles slowly expanding outwards as she learns and grows. The second shows Kyah surrounded by family, being supported and loved. The final and largest work subsequently depicts Kyah creating new connections and reaching outwards into the world empowered by her self growth and the support  of her family.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

NIMUE DREAMING

Nimue Dreaming, also known as Kyah Nimue, is an emerging contemporary indigenous artist with ancestral connections to the barkindji and pitjantjatjara mobs. She paints in different styles and mediums. Her works are often inspired by her personal experiences and feelings, and the diverse flora and fauna of her home.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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BORN UNDER A TREE

BORN UNDER A TREE

BORN UNDER A TREE

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Kyra Mancktelow

Presented by Metro Arts 

Through traditional markings and a strong weave connecting clay trunks, Kyra Mancktelow represents the reclamation of identity and the resilience of cultural connections

Born Under a Tree shows traditional Indigenous markings carved into hollow clay trunks, each broken section connected together by a strong weave to denote resilient cultural connections and the regaining of identity.

This work explores the history of Kyra’s Mancktelow’s family in which her great grandfather Henry Hopkins was born under a tree in Eulo, Queensland. As a child Hopkins was taken from his mother and ‘adopted’ into a Western family. This act left his mother childless and tore him away from his cultural connections.

Through this deeply personal sculptural installation, Manktelow examines the intergenerational effects of this traumatic event on her family.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

 

Image: Born Under a Tree, by Kyra Mancktelow. Image courtesy of the artist and Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2021 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds.

THE ARTIST

KYRA MANCKTELOW

Kyra Mancktelow is a Quandamooka woman with linkage to the Mardigan people of Cunnamulla and South Sea Islanders. With no limitations to medium Mancktelow explores the abiding theme of bringing forth her rich cultural traditions, knowledge and history for the viewers to connect, reflect and recognise.

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ART + ACTIVISM

ART + ACTIVISM

ART + ACTIVISM

PANEL //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Madeleine Little, Ella Tupua & Keemon Williams. Facilitated by Lamisse Hamouda.

Our art defines us. Hear from the artists who are using their work as a platform to uplift the voices and stories of Australian First Nations, CALD, disabled and LGBTQIA+ people and inspire change.

 

DATES

4pm, Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

THE ARTISTS

Madeleine Little
Madeleine Little is a performer, theatre maker, director and access consultant for the performing arts. Her recent credits include: Table Twelve (as co-writer with Alistair Baldwin, Metro Arts Creative Development program 2020), Hold (as playwright, director and performer, 2019), Intimate Space (as performer – Restless Dance Theatre for bleach* Festival in association with Festival 2018), Love Me; (as co-deviser, indelabilityarts 2017) and Look Mum… No Hands! [The Legless Bar Years] (as co-deviser and performer, indelabilityarts 2016-2018).

Keemon Williams
Keemon Williams is a queer interdisciplinary Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mir descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to interrogate the relationships between location, personal histories, and the manifestation of culture in a postcolonial world. His practice seeks to critically examine facets of his identity and its intrinsic tethering to the wider context of being “Australian.” Responding to realms of architecture, cultural production and pseudo-ethnic representations, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity and occupancy within the everyday.

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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

From conquering stages and comps around the world, home-grown talents are headed back to Brisbane.

With jaw-dropping performances, double-bill showings, artist talks and a community dance class, Mad Dance Festival  is smashing down the walls between “elite” and “street”.

From B-boys, poppers, lockers and hip-hop heavy-weights to Vogue, Krump and contemporary freestyle. This is street dance in a whole new realm. 

6 + 8 MAY | M.I.N.D.E.D.

Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

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6 + 7 May | AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life’ by Amy Zhang + ‘Love Letters in (e)Motion’ by Anti Fischer

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7 + 8 MAY | PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Betwixt’ by Pink Matter + ‘Peach Papaya’ by Golden Coastline.

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8 MAY | ARTIST TALK

Hear street dance leaders and emerging dancers talk about the challenges and successes of the dance community in Brisbane.

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8 MAY | SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS

Come shake off your work week in easy-to-follow choreography led by accomplished dancer, Sheru Bharadwaja!

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

M.I.N.D.E.D.

M.I.N.D.E.D.

M.I.N.D.E.D.

Presented by Metro Arts

By Elements Collective

Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

Directed by multi-national champion b-girl Leah Clark (aka Flix), with music by ARIA award winning artist Ben Ely (Regurgitator), M.I.N.D.E.D is an emotional journey through movement and character connection.

With an original soundtrack that leaves audiences in a state of awe through a soundscape of dark ambience and powerful builds, M.I.N.D.E.D  is not your standard “hip-hop” piece. It is a powerful, emotional performance mixing choreography with aerial straps apparatus creating levels of dance from the ground to the air.

This show pushes boundaries of hip-hop theatre with pristine acrobatics, intricate choreography and intense body awareness with an entirely Australian cast of multi award winning performers.

 

“A feast for the senses, with sharp moves from four talented artists underpinned by a terrific score.” 

The Advertiser

 

DATES

7.30pm, 6 May 2021
3.00pm, 8 May 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 45 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains haze/smoke and strobe effects. May contain coarse language, depictions of drug use and depictions of suicide/self-harm. 

THE ARTISTS

Leah Tilney aka B-girl Flix – Artistic Director/Performer
Leah Tilney is a multi-national champion b-girl with an impressive 20 year dance career. Representing Australia twice in the World Finals in France & Germany. She is the owner of Elements Collective dance company and EC Venue and has toured the globe with a number of Australia’s highest profile dance & theatre companies including Stalker Theatre Company and more.

Jackson Garcia – Lead Performer
Jackson started dancing at the age of 5 and has been performing since he was just 9 years old. He has toured extensively both Nationally & Internationally with Elements Collective and performing with his crews Team Cream, Swaggamama (Finalist in Australia’s got talent), Golden Coastline, Skill@will and EQUALS (AGT).

Benny “Bucho” Garcia – Performer
Benny “Bucho” Garcia is currently one of Australia’s most high profile b-boys. Along with EC and his crew’s he has toured the globe performing and competing on the world stage. A well sort after dancer, Ben is a cast member for a number of leading Australian dance & physical theatre companies. His explosive movement make him a versatile performer in a range of disciplines.

Travers Ross – Performer
Travers Ross is a freestyle dancer and choreographer who has worked in the Australian dance scene as a facilitator of regional workshops in communities to choreographing some of the largest commercial dance shows in Australia. His credits include choreographing for The Aria’s and So You Think You Can Dance as well as a performer for Sydney’s Stalker Theatre Company during their European, Asian & South American tours.

Ben Ely Music Composition
Ben Ely is an Australian musician and artist best known for his work with Brisbane indie/alternative rock band Regurgitator and Pangaea, a multi-ARIA Music Award winning artist from Brisbane.

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AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL // DOUBLE BILL

DATES
5:30pm, Thu 6 May / DURATION 90 mins (inc. Welcome to Country)
6pm, Fri 7 May / DURATION 60 mins
VENUE New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts
TICKETS $20 (inc. both works)
AGES + WARNINGS Recommended for ages 15+. Contains haze/smoke and strobe effects. 

Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life By Amy Zhang

“What’s the key to happiness?” “What exercises give you a long life?” Amy Zang demystifies the life lessons and old Chinese wives’ tales compulsively passed down by her Chinese mother.

Featuring renowned street dancers Jackson Garcia and Amalina Batrisyia, Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life fuses street dance and contemporary to find the answers to the burning life questions you’ve all been asking.

Double Bill showing with Love Letters in (e)Motion
5:30pm, Thu 6 May
+
6pm, Fri 7 May

Love Letters in (e)Motion By Anti Fischer

Anti Fisher takes a sledge hammer to the stereotypes of women in love in cinema in this fierce exploration of what it means to love.

From the devoted wife to the damsel in distress to the destruction of love gone awry, hip hop and heels dance juxtapose in this short performance work that pushes back against narrow pop cultural depictions of how women should love.

Double Bill showing with Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life
5:30pm, Thu 6 May
+
6pm, Fri 7 May

 

THE ARTISTS

COOL ASIAN MUM’S GUIDE TO LIFE

Director/Choreographer Amy Zhang
Feature Artist Huika Li
Associate Artist Jackson Garcia
Associate Artist Amalina Batrisyia
Score Composed by Jackson Garcia / Mastered by Matt Gray

Amy Zhang is a dancer, choreographer and movement director who specialises in street dance. Having completely immersed myself in the global street dance scene, Amy has worked, taught, choreographed and performed, both nationally and internationally. Amy’s practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimenting with street-style foundations and contemporary frameworks. Amy has created works, performed and undertaken residencies with The Hayes Theatre, Critical Path, Diversity Arts, The Joan, Belvoir St Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts and Vitalstatistix. Amy is also currently a resident of the City of Sydney’s Live/Work residency.

Huika Li is a life long advice giver and Amy’s Mum.

Jackson Garcias art practise spans across live performance, street dance and digital media. Coming from the world of street dance where he has accumulated many titles, Jackson is known and sought after for this ability to combine his foundations in B-Boying, Popping, Locking and Hip Hop to create his own style of movement. His diverse skill set has seen him teach, choreograph, perform and compete both nationally and internationally. Jackson’s unique style has found him gaining the lead role in award winning contemporary-break theatre show, M.I.N.D.E.D., that has toured through China, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne. He has also featured in Cross Cultures programmed in No Show at Carriageworks, One Way at La Boite Theatre and KLAPPSQUAD at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Amalina Batrisyia is a dancer of various styles including dancehall, experimental freestyle and krump. She is also a choreographer, performer, battle dancer and teacher. She has been teaching dancehall regularly in Brisbane since 2017, after moving from Singapore in 2015 and not being able to find any dancehall classes in her new hometown. She has since picked up freestyle dance, battling and krump, and is active and heavily involved in the various styles while leading and building the dancehall community in Queensland.

LOVE LETTERS IN MOTION

Choreographer/Director Anti Fischer
Core Dancer Billie Casey-Jabore
Core Dancer Bianca Coxeter
Dancer Makayla Crawford
Dancer Malana Chapelle


Anti Fischer
is a Hip Hop dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Brisbane, Australia.  She has taught around the world at renowned studios such as Millennium Dance Complex (L.A + Toronto), Movement Lifestyle (L.A), Dance Works (Japan), The Village (Sydney), Underground Dance Centre (Toronto) and more! In 2010 Anti was one of 14 cast members selected across America to be in the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Los Angeles. Most recently Anti taught at The Australian Dance Festival in Sydney (2016) and toured with Dream Dance Company for the “Secret Society Show” Choreographed by Candace Brown and directed by Marko Panzic (2016,17) Some of her other career highlights include assisting world-renowned choreographers: Tony Tzar, Kevin Maher and Nick Demoura. Anti is incredibly passionate about dance and loves to inspire and share her craft!

Billie Casey Jabore is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, agent originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Billie has been a successful working dancer throughout Australia since 2005 whilst based in Melbourne, Australia. Billie has over 20 years of dance experience behind her and is one of Australia’s finest Dancer/Choreographers specialising in the hip-hop and commercial industry. In July of 2018 she successfully obtained her O1 visa and moved her life to L.A to pursue her dreams in the dance industry. Having worked on major events such as Xfactor, Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Let Them Eat Cake, Laneway, Australian Open, and with artists such as, Justin Bieber, Neyo, Avicii, Peking Duck, Tiesto, Illy, Paula Abdul, Jessica Mauboy, Miss Blanks & Briggs (to name a few) Billie believed she had what it takes to make her dreams a reality on the international scene.

Bianca Coxeter is an aspiring professional artist who constantly seeks to immerse herself in a diversity of creative movement and performance genres. Commencing classical dance lessons from the moment she could walk, Bianca consistently continued training through to the completion of two years full-time study at the Queensland Collage of Dance (Elite Performance in Commercial Dance & Musical Theatre Program, 2017-2018). During such time, she was humbled to learn from Expressions Dance Company (Intensive Program), Sydney Dance Co. (Intensive Program) and Merge Dance Theatre on full scholarships. Presently pursuing her film debut under the direction of internally renowned, Baz Lurman and Warner Bros. Pictures. Bianca’s additional accolades include the commercial credits Nathaniel, Ellen Reed, Brisbane Bullets, Universal Store, Channel Nine, RayWhite and WaterAid Ball.

Makayla Crawford’s passion for dance started at the age of 5 where she began her training in all styles of dance. Over the past two years, she has completed her full time course at Dance Force which has lead her to explore a wide range of movement and to be exposed to many different industry professionals. She has recently been signed and is beginning to work professionally in the industry.

Malana Chapelle is an 18 year old who has recently graduated 2 years of full-time training at Dance Force. With her passion for movement, she has been able to explore the art through teaching and choreographing, allowing her to push boundaries and limitations on herself and others.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2021

BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2021

Bigger, BADDER, Brisbane! Brisbane Art Design (BAD) is back in 2021 and Metro Arts is part of the program.

 

Get ready to explore Brisbane’s creative neighbourhoods with BRISBANE ART DESIGN, from 7 – 30 May 2021. With a focus on art + design across the city, BAD 2021 promises an expansive program of tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions.

An initiative of the Museum of Brisbane (MoB ), BAD champions the movers and shakers of the Brisbane art and design community, and spotlights our thriving cultural identity through the places, histories and climate that bring our collective creativity to the fore.

 

Explore the Metro Arts’ program below  |  View the full BAD program here.

 

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PINK MATTER + GOLDENCOASTLINE

PINK MATTER + GOLDENCOASTLINE

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL // DOUBLE BILL

DATES 8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May  |  VENUE New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts  |  DURATION 60 mins | TICKETS $20 (inc. both works) |
AGES + WARNINGS Recommended for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, haze/smoke and strobe effects. 

Betwixt By Pink Matter

This is street dance in a whole new realm. Vogue, Krump and freestyle meet intricate choreography and spoken word in this energetic and thought-provoking work.

Take a glimpse into the journeys of five top street dancers – Wanida, Huda, Joshua, Amy and Monika – as they explore their relationships to their own cultural heritage, upbringing and being part of the Street Dance community.

Double Bill showing with Peach Papaya
8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May

 

Peach Papaya By GoldenCoastline

When music, movement and fashion come together as one, the possibilities are endless.

Slink into the fresh, effervescent world of GoldenCoastline with their debut theatre show. Combining technical choreography and freedom of movement, Peach Papaya will leave you in awe and challenge what you thought you know about dance.

Double Bill showing with Betwixt
8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May

 

THE ARTISTS

BETWIXT

WANIDA SERCE
Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. In 2017 she founded Pink Matter, a company aimed at creating opportunities, highlighting powerful women in the community and creating conversation around the intersectionality of diversity in Australian media. Some of the projects Wanida has been involved with are: Performing in the ‘Commonwealth Games’ and the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance. Often judging events, teaching workshops and producing work, She’s highly active in the dance community with 3 sold out independent productions under her belt. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation.

AMY ZHANG
Amy is a movement artist and choreographer who specialises in street dance. Working across physical and digital spaces, her practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimental street-style and contemporary frameworks. Amy has turned the heads of iconic brands like Nike, Cartier and Calvin Klein and recently developed an AI dance app in collaboration with Google. Credits aside, Amy loves dance for its holistic benefits, she has co-written and facilitated programs for at-risk youth, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the everyday person. Through this work Amy has partnered with organisations like Headspace and Participate Australia.

JOSHUA TALIANI
Joshua Taliani is a 26 year old Aboriginal/Italian man who hails the Bidjara and Kullali people of central west Queensland. As an established choreographer and dancer, he has trained under many different artists in multiple genres in performing arts, from classical to Street Dance. Joshua’s performance experience consists of representing Australia in the World Hip-Hop Championships multiple times as well as various other competitions in the US with dance company, Academy Of Brothers. He has also appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with his dance crew which placed in the top three leading to big stage performance opportunities and music videos with well known Australian artists. Joshua is now focusing on building upon the queer dance scene specifically within the queer POC in the wider Brisbane community being the Father of the leading Vogue house in Brisbane – ‘House of Alexander. Through the art of the ballroom scene, vogueing and raising awareness of this platform for queer people of colour, Joshua sets to inspire and mentor people of his community to feel worthy in themselves as well as create spaces and art work as well as functions/events to merge a stronger growth within our queer POC community from first nations to all round.

HUDA FADLELMAWLWA
Huda Fadlelmawla is black woman who has always been passionate about art and expression. As a dancer and poet her mission is to build a platform for people to learn and be educated on the BIPOC narrative. Dance is something she sees as her first language and poetry is her native tongue. She is an advocate and educator and all things black youth, this is her focus and drive. Huda is also a cultural and wellbeing officer, cultural competency educator, national recognised poet, Qld state poetry champ 2020, behaviour management specialist, Krumper and community and personal development coach. 

MONIKA STOJEVSKI
From a young age Monika has had a strong desire to express herself through dance and performing, known for her versatility and the ability to fuse and adapt to various genres of dance. Monika’s stage performance work includes theatre productions like the grant winning show ‘One Way’ – a contemporary x street fusion show by Elements Collective, ‘Shade’ – a visual art & street dance production by Wanida Serce and ‘The Type’ a street dance fusion show by Pink Matter. Through Monika’s time with dance collective Pink Matter, she has been able to train in multiple street dance genres, compete in Australia’s Got Talent, ongoingly perform at Eat Street Northshore, feature in music videos and perform at various events around South East QLD.

PEACH PAPAYA

Dancer, Choreographer Clarence Kent
Dancer, Choreographer Jazi Othman 
Dancer, Choreographer Kieran Lewerissa

Clarence Kent is a world renown dancer who started his career in Brisbane and has now taken his talents world wide through dance battles and performances. Over the years he has focussed on Popping, Animation Dance and Hip Hop to create his own unique style.  He has represented Australia many times in battles throughout the world for the past several years and has been performing with the Jabbawockeez in LA and Macau from 2016-2019. During those years Clarence had lived in LA most of that time and created a name for himself in the street dance scene in Australia and the U.S. His crew GoldenCoastline, who have successfully ran some of the best and biggest battles in Brisbane have been an integral part of the dance community here in QLD. During the last 5 years, on his visits back home he has always been putting in work towards the dance scene through his teachings, jams and events.

Jazi Othman is a self taught dancer and found his passion for the arts when he started dancing around the age of 20 years old. He started with freestyling and krump before exploring other areas of dance. An original member and one of the founders of the infamous Goldencoastline crew and recent BANG Fam, he has competed nationally and overseas in battles winning a number of titles and has performed in numerous videos and live shows. His latest work includes performing at Splendour in the Grass and headlined the main stage at Commonwealth Games with Awemill (SOA – SuperSonicShapeShiftersofAwe).  Jazi loves to share his knowledge of dance through regular teaching and wants to contribute to help grow the dance community between Gold Coast and Brisbane. Stay Golden! 

Kieran Lewerissa didn’t find a love for dance until graduating high school where he began taking Hip Hop choreography classes at local Gold Coast studios. It wasn’t until then that he realised he had a passion for the art form and delved deeper into it. He spent years competing at local and national choreography competitions and represented a number of dance crews including 220 and Fly Society. Inspired by freestyle dancers in the Brisbane dance scene, he began to transition away from choreography and focus more on building his own style and key foundations in Hip Hop. Kieran made this transition in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. He now calls his inspirations fellow crew members which is where Golden Coastline began. This crew has become family to him and has put on numerous unforgettable events and battles for the Queensland dance scene. His goal is to inspire the youth of today and highlight the vital role dance has played in his life.

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